Yola — A Nigerian civil defense official says a bomb blast near a market in Yola has killed 31 people.
Sa'ad Bello of the National Emergency Management Agency said Friday another 38 people are being treated in the hospitals.
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There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Thursday evening's explosion as merchants were closing shop and others were hurrying to make last-minute purchases bore all the marks of the extremist Boko Haram movement.
The group has stepped up attacks in recent weeks after a months-long lull while a multinational force drove it from the towns where it had declared an Islamic caliphate.